All island cycle against suicide has overnight stop in Clonmel

Registration for Cycle Against Suicide 2015 has opened online at www.cycleagainstsuicide.com and follows an incredibly successful 2014 Cycle, which saw thousands of cyclists take to the roads in April and May of this year.

Registration for Cycle Against Suicide 2015 has opened online at www.cycleagainstsuicide.com and follows an incredibly successful 2014 Cycle, which saw thousands of cyclists take to the roads in April and May of this year.

In 2015, the Cycle route will start in Northern Ireland, with cyclists departing Belfast on Monday, April 27 and finishing in Dublin on Sunday, May 10.

Over a two-week period, participants completing the entire route will cover 1,400 kilometres and will arrive in Clonmel on Thursday May 7, and depart on Friday May 8.

Registration for the Cycle is open to anyone over the age of 16. Early-bird pricing starts at €40 to €100 for a standard entry and €20 to €50 for students/unwaged. Participants can choose to do as many or as a few of the 28 legs over the 14 days as they wish. Entry includes a free, high-quality Cycle Against Suicide cycling jersey.

Accommodation is provided for participating cyclists who register early by way of a very successful Homestay programme, which sees cyclists receive a free night’s accommodation, breakfast and dinner from supportive home owners across the island of Ireland. The Homestay programme is provided for cyclists on a first-come, first-served basis, so register today to avoid disappointment. For those wishing to provide cyclists with this support, they can contact Cycle Against Suicide at homestay@cycleagainstsuicide.com.

Commenting on the opening of registration for 2015, founder of Cycle Against Suicide, Jim Breen, said - “Our 2015 Cycle sees us build on the success of previous Cycles and we are hoping that many more people will join us this year in a bid to spread the message that It’s OK not to feel OK and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help. We welcome participants for the entire Cycle or any part of it. We are especially excited about visiting Clonmel in 2015 and including Northern Ireland and the Midlands in our course route.”

Cycle Against Suicide is a unique event that has seen almost 10,000 cyclists participate since the inaugural Cycle in 2013. Over the 2 years, participants have visited 56 communities, engaging with tens of thousands of students, young people and local communities to promote positive mental health.

The main aim of the Cycle is to break the stigma associated with the open discussion of mental health and to raise awareness of the considerable help and local support available to anyone battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those who have been bereaved by suicide.

For further information about registration and the 2015 Cycle Against Suicide route, please visit the website www.cycleagainstsuicide.com.